Mal: പാലക്കാട് pālakkāṭ

‘Blackboard Tree Wood’  [Palghat, Palakkattussery]  City/District, Kerala,

From Mal: pāla, ‘blackboard tree’ [Echites/Alstonia  scholaris]; and  kāṭu, ‘wilderness’, ‘wood’. 

This is sometimes called the ‘seven-leaved milk-tree’ because of its free-flowing milky sap [Mal: pāl, ‘milk’].

Its light and fast-growing wood has  proved to be suitable for making pencils, while its bitter bark and sap is used to treat bowel complaints. 

Palakkad Fort was rebuilt by Hyder Ali in 1766. It changed hands a few times until it was finally captured by the British in 1790 once and for all. It was then  reconditioned ready for the assault on Tipu Sultan at Srirangapatnam in 1799.

For related place names see Indian Place names and Kerala place names.


Palakkad Fort: An aerial view

Palakkad Fort: An aerial view          Shafeeq basheer